If you’re experiencing some transmission problems, then you’ve probably have a multitude of issues. The grinding, surging, and clunking can get annoying; but, there is one out there that is a telltale sign of transmission failure. Transmission fluid leaking is the silent killer of your transmission. Without it, you may be experiencing more or harsher versions of the problems I’ve listed above. The fluid allows for proper movement of the pieces inside your transmission, as well as keeping it at a reasonable temperature. When fluid is running low, you might smell the remainder of the fluid burning. Having the fluid in your transmission as well as keeping it a good level will keep your transmission healthy; but, if you’re leaking and you’re scared that it might be transmission fluid, then it would be great if you could identify it. I’ll be writing about ways to identify the leak yourself, without the need of a mechanic. I will say that an article on the internet can’t replace an experienced mechanic, so you should consider taking your car in for a checkup as soon as possible. Taking it in will allow for a more detailed and specific evaluation of your car.
So, you have been walking to your car in the morning the past few days and notice spots under your car. Are they yours or have they always been there? You try not to think about it, but the thought of something being wrong with your car doesn’t leave your mind. You decide to try and identify whatever is leaking from your car, so you can then determine if you need to take your car to the mechanic. A coolant leak will be a tint of green, but relatively clear. It might smell like warm water or a bit like your car smells when you open the hood. A coolant leak might be because of other issues with your car, but most likely not a transmission problem. You will be able to tell the difference between an oil and gas leak. You probably don’t need help identifying those, but I’ll help either way. Oil is dark and will definitely leave stains on your driveway. Gasoline has a distinct smell to it, a smell that you’re most likely familiar with.
So, with those out of the way, let’s talk about transmission fluid and how it stands apart. Transmission fluid is not as dark, red, and pretty slippery. It has a sweet smell to it, so as soon as you touch it, you should be able to identify it right away. Now that you’ve figured out what’s leaking, you could try and figure out why, on your own. It might be due to a few loose bolts, so, you can go under and check for yourself. If it’s not due to the bolts, you might want to consult a mechanic on the issue. That way they can figure out what is specifically wrong with your car. If you decide to wait, it might actually make your problem worse, which will make the cost of a fix more expensive. Get help from a Honda transmission repair specialist today.